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Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2009 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At $50, when you can locate it, the Eagle Arion ET-AR504LR-BK 2.1 Soundstage
is a rather sweet deal. You get a pair of satellites each with dual 3" midrange and 1" tweeters and a 5.25" subwoofer with a peak power of 70W.
These speakers are not going to tax a high end 7.1 sound card, but they are also an order of magnitude cheaper. Overclockers Club gave them a try and strangely rated it lower than the 5.1 receiver and speakers that they usually used, which were most certainly not $50.
Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2009 - 12:19 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
BALDWIN PARK, CA (July 24, 2009) - CyberPower, Inc. www.cyberpowerpc.com is celebrating the PC-platform release of the highly anticipated fighting game, Street Fighter IV, with a knock out gaming bundle. CyberPower will throw in a free copy of Street Fighter IV for customers purchasing a CyberPower gaming system with Nvidia 200 series graphics cards.
The most storied franchise among arcade fighting games is finally available on PC. Street Fighter IV combines some of the classic elements from previous Street Fighters with realistic 3D backgrounds for a stunning visual experience.
Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2009 - 12:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Microsoft and Yahoo have finally stopped anxiously batting eyelashes and brushing against each other when they pass each other in the halls. Unfortunately for the paparazzi, the relationship has not started with a bang, but rather a Bing. Yahoo will now use Bing to provide its search results, but in order to preserve its unsullied status has refused payment from Microsoft for any services rendered. Instead they would like to simply split the bills and write nasty letters to that noisy neighbour upstairs, Google.
Subject: General Tech | July 29, 2009 - 04:00 AM | Josh Walrath
While the current (and only) client of GLOBALFOUNDRIES is AMD, they have finally officially announced their first 3rd party partner for production. STMicroelectronics is choosing GF to be a partner for 40 nm low power devices, which can possibly power future cell phones. This is an exciting development for GF, as many around the industry were not entirely certain they could pull off being a successful foundry. Well, certainly one new client will not bring in billions of dollars of revenue, but it is a beginning. And an important one, considering that GF is still nowhere
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 28, 2009 - 05:40 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
[H]ard|OCP actually managed to get a hold of a retail box XFX HD4770 dual-slot card, the YDFC model
as the YDLC is a single slot card. It is still a 40nm process GPU with 640 stream processors and 512MB of GDDR5, what is special about the card is that XFX has always been nVIDIA only, this is the first AMD silicon they have released. Their 'double lifetime' warranty still applies, they are not taking anything away that you'd expect to see on their nVIDIA offerings. Check out what thi
Subject: Memory | July 28, 2009 - 02:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
GeIL has two new DDR3 kits on the market, consisting of six 2GB 1600MHz DIMMs, one with CL 7-7-7-24 timings and one with 8-8-8-28. How does 12GB of affect performance? You will have to drop by Techware Labs to see the actual results. First the 6GB tests to gain both a benchmark of performance for the GeIL chips, but also to benchmark against a Corsair 6GB kit. Then onto the 12GB testing to compare it to the previous results in the hope that the outstanding 6GB scores sc
Subject: Systems | July 28, 2009 - 02:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Giving people the information need to build better gaming machines is the main focus of tech review sites, with better file servers and other, perhaps more profitable, PC purposes running a distant second. iXBT has decided to break the mold by putting together an article on how to build a better office PC. Over a dozen CPUS, ranging from a $31 Sempron to a $220 C2 Quad, 7 different motherboards and even 3 discreet AMD graphics cards along with 1GB of both DDR2-1066 and DDR2-800. Drop by for a look a
Subject: Storage | July 28, 2009 - 12:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
As Allyn has proved, the new technology used in the second generation has almost completely removed the fragmentation over time problem. You can see that confirmed by The Tech Report's review of the drive, where they tested the response times of drives before and after heavy testing. They still anxiously await Win7 and the TRIM commands that will help Indilinx and Samsung controlled drives performance; the question is can it help them cl
Subject: General Tech | July 28, 2009 - 12:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Asustek and Acer are focusing their attentions on the thin end of the mobile market, choosing to not launch any netbooks, instead it is ultra-thin notebooks or CULVs whatever label you wish to give them. The Eee line will expand with 12", 13.3" and 15" models along with 12" and 14" variants that will not have an optical drive. Acer already has 13.3", 14.1" and 15.6" models, it will work on including discreet graphics cards and optical drives in those models and are abandoning the dual boot Windows XP/Android
netbook for the foreseeable future.
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 27, 2009 - 06:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Lenovo, and IBM before them, were known as producers of expensive notebooks with a very simple aesthetic and the power to do what travelling business people needed done.
Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2009 - 03:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Subject: Cases and Cooling | July 27, 2009 - 01:47 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For July, Guru 3D's rig of the month was built by a young Estonian forum member with a penchant for ThermalTake. A surplus of LEDs really make the case shine in the dark and help highlight his components with a nice green hue. Perhaps his biggest hurdle was dealing with the prices in Estonia, he estimates a total price of 2800-2900
Euros which translates to $4000 USD. Keep that in mind if you are headed to Europe!
Subject: Motherboards | July 27, 2009 - 12:21 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
While it is slightly painful to refer to a $193 motherboard as a budget board, when you are talking about an X58 based board like the Gigabyte EX58-UD3R it is reasonably accurate. Some trimming has been done, most noticeably on the RAM as there are only 4 slots, limiting the total capacity of RAM to 12GB but keeping support for triple channel. A pair of PCI-E x16 slots support both flavours of multiple GPUness and the back plate still sports
Subject: Storage | July 27, 2009 - 12:11 PM | Allyn Malventano
Much of the below press release is industry jargon, but what you can take home from this is Fusion-io paired an ioDrive with a Dell PowerEdge and MS SQL Server to produce a solid, high performing product that puts out some impressive stats. This should make companies want to adopt the tech, which leads to volume sales and ultimately drives down the cost of consumer-grade products (in this case PCI-e SSDs). The potential end result? Cheaper ioXtreme SSDs for the rest of us.
Subject: General Tech | July 27, 2009 - 12:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
One terabyte drives are fairly common now, but they come in 3.5" which is rather unfriendly for mobile users. Western Digital is introducing 1TB 2.5" drives at a premium price. Roughly double the cost of their larger brethren, there still many who will be clamouring for a chance to store 500GB of old unread email on their laptop so that they can complain the mail store runs slowly on their laptop as well as their desktop. Others will be happy to store HD content for playback, without having to use an optical drive and drain their batteries even more quickly.
Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2009 - 07:05 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Putting together a PC on the cheap is not a hard thing to do in this market, as long as you are not looking to break 3DMark records. For a simple HTPC, there are a $50 graphics cards which will give you enough power to pump out HD content to a TV or monitor. Size really isn't an issue either, though some will spend a little extra for that special box. Once you are up and running, even on an HTPC, as long as you can connect
Subject: Storage | July 24, 2009 - 06:36 PM | Allyn Malventano
***Public Service Announcement***
Intel has informed me of a bug in the X25-M G2 shipping firmware (02G2). This
bug is specific to setting a hard drive password in your BIOS. If you
have set a BIOS HDD password, then subsequently change or disable that
password, the SSD may become inoperable. Intel is correcting the issue
in firmware and will be posting a fix shortly. In summary:
Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2009 - 03:43 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
For a true audiophile, an onboard sound solution just won't cut it, nor will it get the most out of high end speakers. The ASUS Xonar HDAV1.3 Slim can help, thanks to a pair of HDMI ports, Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound formats are both fully supported. The card also drops CPU usage to almost zero for sound processing, a great advantage if you are running a low powe
Subject: Graphics Cards | July 24, 2009 - 01:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
At $250 the Sapphire HD4890 Vapor-X 2GBruns about $40 more than the vanilla version, but also sports twice the memory as well as a nice improved cooler. That cooler has allowed Sapphire to raise the core GPU speed by 20MHz to 870MHz and the memory by 100MHz to 1050MHz and is capable of hitting 950MHz and 1200MHz with a little tweaking. In addition, the cooler is significantly quieter tha
Subject: General Tech | July 24, 2009 - 01:14 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
(Saratoga Springs, NY) - Luther Forest Technology Campus Economic Development Corporation (LFTC) today welcomed GLOBALFOUNDRIES as they held their official groundbreaking in Malta, NY for the construction of an approximately $4.2 billion microchip fabrication plant, called Fab 2. This marks the beginning for the construction of the most advanced chip fabrication plant in the world.